Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Reminder: SHAD 2018 deadline



SHAD is seeking high achieving students interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with incredible intellect, drive, initiative and creativity, who are seeking an enrichment experience. 

The SHAD program runs from July 1 to July 27, 2018.

The on-line application is due by November 20th.

The admission process is competitive. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. Please review the application requirements below before starting the online application. 

Come see or contact Mr Pearce for assistance in applying to SHAD.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Explorica 2017-2018!


D-Day 75th anniversary trip in 2019?
Explore new cultures (Southeast Asia anyone?)
Practice a new language in France, Spain or Italy?
Or a service trip to Australia or Costa Rica?


from Explorica's website:
Authentic educational experiences
Educational travel is more than just sightseeing. We help students truly experience new cultures through personal interactions, hands-on activities, authentic meals and awe-inspiring moments.
Experiential learning
It's not just the exposure to new places that changes students' lives, but also the kind of experience they have during that exposure. That's why we work with teachers to build customized itineraries that meet their specific educational goals and always incorporate interactive activities proven to help students genuinely connect with and retain their experiences.
Cultural immersion
At Explorica, students don't just visit new cultures; they are an active participant in them. Whether it’s learning classic French culinary techniques in a cooking class in Paris, getting your hands dirty making a charcoal drawing in Italy, or digging into organop√≥nicos (urban organic farming) in Cuba, our itineraries go behind the landmarks and uncover the rich subtleties of each destination's long and storied history.

LINK to all the information, tours, costs, etc.

If you are thinking of signing up, let Mr Pearce know as he can get in touch with our Explorica rep.




October U of Waterloo Science Outreach events




All details below, share with others and bring a friend!
  • The Earth Sciences Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and as part of its celebration will be providing a public tour of the Rock Garden and MuseumFollow along with Curator Emeritus, Peter Russell and Curator, Corina McDonald on October 20 at 1pm as they tell ‘behind the scenes’ stories of the Earth Sciences Museum and Peter Russell Rock Garden. Free event, no registration required, please pay for parking.
  • For all ages, the Gem & Mineral Show will be in EIT from 12pm-6pm Friday, October 27 and 10am-5pm Saturday, October 28. This is a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts or pick up an eye-catching mineral or fossil specimen. Free event, parking in Lot Q (Friday) and Lot C (Saturday).
  • The popular Science Open House, a free day of hands-on science discovery for kids, is on Saturday, October 28 from10am-4pm in STC and EIT. Kids explore a world of science in engaging, fun, and memorable ways: identify plants by their perfume, make sparks fly with Physics, try the new dino puzzle pit, and watch the amazing Chem Show! Free event, no registration required, parking provided in Lot C.
For your reference, our campus map.
Hope to see you at an event soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Youth Lens Film Festival





Official Call For Entries!


We would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you Youth Lens Film Festival [YLFF]. YLFF is a platform to engage and inspire young voices to share their perspectives and stories through the medium of films.

The mission of the festival is Entertainment | Engagement | Education.

This film festival is backed by Canadian Multicultural Heritage Council [CMHC] and International Film Festival of South Asia [IFFSA] Toronto, the largest South Asian film festival in North America.

YLFF 2017 will happen in Brampton, Ontario on December 15, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM. All selected films will be showcased on festival You Tube channel. The finalists will participate in live event which will include screening of films, key note address and awards presentation.

This is a call for submission to high schools and colleges. We are requesting teachers to encourage their students to submit their best work in the form of short films up to 10 minutes in length. Films can be in any genre or language.

If you can also print and post the attached Film Callout Poster in your institution.

Final submission deadline is November 15, 2017.

YLFF is a free event. Please visit us at www.iffsatoronto.com/youth-lens/ for additional details.

Best Regards,

Team YLFF

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TECH Talk IRHS - Thursday Sept 28th 7-9 pm



IRHS students and parents need information about technology and new fields of enterprise to make great decisions about the future.  TECH Talk IRHS is designed to help open up that discussion.

Meet with technology professionals, including Adam Camenzuli and others, to hear how they ended up in their chosen fields and ask questions about these new jobs.


Discuss how technology has rapidly become a significant part of our daily lives -  and this trend is set to continue. Home phones became mobile phones and mobile phones are no longer just used to make calls, they are used in banking, fitness, education, social media, health and much more. Artificial intelligence already helps us with our online searches, our online payment systems, and our voice-activated entertainment systems. Driverless cars, cybersecurity, and machine learning are all growing fields of interest, for both arts and science majors, as traditional manufacturing jobs decline.

Let's have a more informed dialogue with high school learners about what they want to do when they grow up, after all, the world has changed so much in the last 20 years.

See you on Sept 28th from 7 - 9 pm in the Theatre at IRHS!

ExploraVision competition


The Toshiba/NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) ExploraVision science competition promotes project-based learning.

Students are challenged to select a local or global issue that can be solved with STEM, perform background research, consult with experts, and imagine how technology can solve the problem 20 years into the future.

Entry deadline is February 8, 2018.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) | Grades 9-12




Experience University for a Week!


Queen's University, Kingston ON

Residence Option – May 6-11, 2018


Registration opens December 1, 2017


Go ENG Girl


Explore the exciting field of engineering! Go ENG Girl is an exciting opportunity for Grade 9 - 10 girls to visit the University of Waterloo and learn about the wonderful world of engineering. Meet women currently studying engineering, learn about some of the amazing things women engineers are doing, and participate in a cool hands-on activity.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
9AM - 1PM
COST: FREE

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

University of Waterloo Science Outreach

To support and nurture high school students' love for science discovery, the University of Waterloo Science Outreach team has developed several in-class workshops and on-campus activities to complement the Ontario Science Curriculum.

There are too many opportunities to list here, so I invite you to check out their link and maybe talk to your science teacher(s) about organizing a school trip or inviting Waterloo students to come to your classroom, or take a Waterloo Science exam!!

Encounters With Canada


ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens to meet other young people from across the country. Spend an adventure-filled week in your nation’s capital! Check out future career options, discover your country, share your hopes and dreams. For 35 years, EWC has delivered a rich and varied, bilingual program. To date, more than 107,000 youth have lived the EWC experience… now it’s your turn!

CHOOSE YOUR THEME

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Expand your horizons and explore the possibilities for exciting careers that you’ve never before imagined! Visit important Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop your leadership skills and enjoy an extraordinary, bilingual experience. Select from one of 14 theme weeks. Don’t forget—first come, first served!


If $$$ is any issue, please let me know and I will do my best to assist as much as possible.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Future of Syria Youth Summit - September 27th!




The Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect will be holdings get a youth summit on the future of the Syrian conflict at the Munk School of Global Affairs, UToronto on Wednesday, September 27th. It is a free and open event for all high schoolers, which will feature panel discussions on the Syrian conflict. Panel members will include Paul Heinbecker (former UN Representative for Canada) and Maria Banda (D. Phil., Oxford & international legal expert). Since CCR2P High School Ambassadors positions will also be opening up soon, this also provides an opportunity to network with directors and members of the advisory board.

Registration Link

Monday, September 11, 2017

Forum for Young Canadians




The Forum for Young Canadians is Canada's civic education program for students aged 15-19 years old.  Forum brings over 100 students per week to Ottawa for an intensive academic adventure immersing them in the exciting world of national politics and public affairs.  

 Attend a Reception with Members of Parliament 
 Enjoy breakfast at the Senate with Senators 
 Forge new friendships with other young Canadians from across the country 
 Take part in International Trade, Federal Budget and National Election simulations 
  • THERE ARE MULTIPLE SIMULATIONS OVER THE COURSE OF THE WEEK THAT ALLOW YOU TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE DECISIONS GET MADE BY TAKING PART IN THEM.

    These include:
    • Attend a Cabinet Simulation where each participant becomes a Cabinet Minister and must defend their ministry’s point of view when discussing a topic.
    • Be a part of exciting simulations over the course of the week to understand how change happens.

    • Be a part of a World Trade Simulation.
    • Attend a Provincial-Federal Conference Simulation.
    The simulations are constantly being updated and may be different during your session.
2018 SESSION DATES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 
 JANUARY 28 TO FEBRUARY 2 
FEBRUARY 19 TO 24 
MARCH 18 TO 23

So if you're a young leader, or an aspiring leader, this might be the program for you to sign up for!!

Here is the LINK

Friday, September 8, 2017

SHAD 2018

GRADE 10, 11 AND 12 students:


SHAD is seeking high achieving students interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with incredible intellect, drive, initiative and creativity, who are seeking an enrichment experience. 

The SHAD program runs from July 1 to July 27, 2018.

The on-line application is due by November 20th.

The admission process is competitive. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. Please review the application requirements below before starting the online application. 

Come see or contact Mr Pearce for assistance in applying to SHAD.  
There will be an upcoming information meeting for all those interested.  Sign up HERE to express your interest to attend a future info session.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer High School Credit in Archaeology




Boyd Archaeological Field School’s 2017 session (40th season!) – an exciting opportunity for students to earn a high school credit in two weeks while getting real archaeological skills. 

The Field School was founded in 1975, and has provided hundreds of students with the foundations of archaeological practice.  Many have gone on to post-secondary studies and careers in the field.
 


The course, open to students who have completed Grade 10, is offered as an Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University Prep credit (IDC4U).  The program is run by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a partnership with the York Region District School Board.
 


Students live in dormitories at Claremont Field Centre, north of Ajax, and excavate the nearby Sebastien site a 14th century village ancestral to the Huron-Wendat nation.  In addition to fieldwork, there are visits from Indigenous speakers, lectures by leading professionals, seminars, and hands-on workshops in ancient technologies such as flint-knapping (stone-tool making), firestarting kits, cordage, fishtraps and other re-creations.  Evaluation is based on fieldwork, written assignments, seminars, workshops and a final exam.
 


This summer’s course is takes place July 14th to 30th
 


Tuition is $2395 ($2695 for non-residents of Ontario).

See their brochure HERE

Inquiries can be directed to Aldo Missio 905-832-2289 x223 amissio@trca.on.ca 
Information is also available at this website:
  www.boydfieldschool.org 

Sebastien Scholarship for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students
 


 We are offering two fully paid tuitions for eligible students - see website for details:  http://www.boydfieldschool.org/#/registration/scholarship 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Camp!!! Ontario Educational Leadership Centre




OELC is located near Orillia, ON and this summer week-long program is an opportunity to build upon a student's leadership skills and qualities through a variety of mediums.

Each student can choose from 3 streams:
A) School based leadership (eg. student councils, etc.)
B) Fine Arts focus
C) Physical Education/Athletics

Space is limited, students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and must register to reserve their spot for the coming summer. Check out this LINK or call (705) 689-5572 and ask for Patricia.

See Mr Pearce for more details, bursary application, etc.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Encounters With Canada - 2017-18 calendar now available




All the current spring theme weeks are fully booked.

However, there is an opportunity NOW to register for 2017 Fall and 2018 Spring theme weeks.  And by booking early there may be a savings $$$ available.

A NEW THEME FOR FEBRUARY 2018 - TECH & FOOD!!

Check out all the themes and dates for next school year by clicking on this LINK.

Need help registering?  Come see Mr Pearce or Ms Patterson for details and access codes.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mohawk Coding Competition



Open to all high school students in Hamilton and the surrounding area.

Team of 1 to 4 students.

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Prizes to be awarded to the top 3 entries.

Go to this link for more details.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Engaging in Entrepreneurship & Engineering @ Waterloo August 2017


Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Engaging in Entrepreneurship & Engineering (E3) funded by TD is a week-long camp (August 14th-18th, 2017) for high school students entering grades 11-12 who are interested in learning the basics of entrepreneurship. Whether you think of yourself as an ideas-person, business-savvy, developer or designer - this camp is for you!  

Here is LINK you need for more info...


Engineering Catalyst Conference @ Waterloo


Are you a grade 11 girl who is curious about engineering? Want to see what university is like? Come to the University of Waterloo for an overnight girls conference in May!


The conference is an exciting opportunity for grade 11 girls to participate in hands-on workshops, explore the University of Waterloo, meet engineering students, compete in a design competition, and experience life in residence! 
This year's conference was held April 28th to 30th, 2017. Spots are limited to 50 female students, so make sure you get your application in early for 2017!
Click HERE for more information, registration info, etc.

Waterloo's Catalyst Summer Program

DON'T MISS OUT! APPLY NOW!!

The Catalyst Summer Program is a 2 week program that offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the “traditional leadership program”. Drawing from the University of Waterloo’s strengths in engineering, science and innovation, high school students develop leadership skills within a community and problem-based context - with real opportunities to put new skills to practice!

Below you'll find the general session schedule for summer 2017:
  • Session I - first two weeks in July 2017
  • Session II -  second two weeks in July 2017
  • Session III - first two weeks in August 2017***
  • Session IV - second two weeks in August 2017 
*** - No camp on Civic Holiday Monday

For more information, please visit their website HERE

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Waterloo Unlimited 5-day program for Grade 10 students


Grade 10 Program | Theme of “Change” 
May 14 - 18, 2017 | 5-day program

We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. In modern times humankind has experienced an unprecedented rapidity of change. How do we adapt, or not adapt... and what are the consequences? Students will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”.

Program fee: $550 (includes meals; HST)
Supervised residence accommodation fee: $180


Our ideal candidates are:
  • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
  • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
  • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
 
    APPLY HERE

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Encounters with Canada


    Book now for FALL 2017 and beyond!


    Expand your horizons and explore the possibilities for exciting careers that you’ve never before imagined! Visit important Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop your leadership skills and enjoy an extraordinary, bilingual experience. Select from one of 13 theme weeks. Don’t forget—first come, first served!

    Your week in Ottawa is a great bargain at only $675, covering accommodation, meals and all program costs - supplies, activities, visits and tours, and travel within Ottawa. Many provincial/territorial governments even help subsidize these expenses!
    Ask your local regional coordinator for more details.

    Check out their WEBSITE 

    Thursday, February 9, 2017


    The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three-week exchange for Canadians to visit the United States.  Conducted in the English language, the program brings together students, ages 15 to 18, and adult mentors from across Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and position youth to make a difference in their communities. Program themes include civic education, community service, youth leadership, and social inclusion.

    The program employs a highly interactive approach through a range of workshops, meetings, and site visits, plus home stays with American families. Through direct engagement with leaders of community, public, and private entities in several program locations, Youth Ambassadors will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Upon returning home, Youth Ambassadors will apply what they learned to implement community service projects that meet needs in their own communities, and will be engaged in mentoring, networking, and alumni network initiatives.

    The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is an intensive program with three segments:
    1) Pre-departure orientation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from July 17 to 18, 2017.
    2) Exchange experience in the United States of America, to include:
    a) Plattsburgh, New York, and the Adirondack Park, from July 19 to 30, 2017.
    b) Washington, D.C., from July 31 to August 5, 2017.
    3) Return home travel by August 6, 2017 followed by implementation of post-exchange community service
    activities in Canada, reporting, and alumni engagement.

    The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada delivers an exceptional content-rich educational opportunity – that will result in significantly deeper knowledge and appreciation by Youth Ambassadors of citizen-engaged participatory democracy in the United States, the value of community service activities, and the leadership skills required to undertake successful community service initiatives. An integral element of this program is for Youth Ambassadors to plan and implement a variety of in-country educational activities upon their return to Canada.

    The program will cover travel, meal, and accommodation costs associated with exchange participation from
    July 17 to August 6, 2017. Participants will provide their own personal spending money. Although participants will have health care benefits during the exchange in the United States, covered medical expenses are subject to limitation, and pre-existing conditions are not covered; participants will also be responsible for the $25 co-pay required for each visit to a doctor’s office in the United States.

    Application Timeline: Applications are due Thursday, March 30, 2017. Interviews for highly qualified applicants will take place during April. Acceptance will be issued by May.

    Come see Mr Pearce in Workroom 214 for the application form.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    Waterloo Unlimited



    Grade 10 Program | Theme of “Change” 
    May 14 - 18, 2017 | 5-day program

    We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. In modern times humankind has experienced an unprecedented rapidity of change. How do we adapt, or not adapt... and what are the consequences? Students will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”.

    Program fee: $550 (includes meals; HST)
    Supervised residence accommodation fee: $180


    Our ideal candidates are:
    • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
    • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
    • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!
    Application Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
     
      APPLY HERE

      Monday, February 6, 2017

      14th Annual Hamilton Brain Bee at McMaster University Friday, April 7, 2017



      Time:  The competition will begin at 1pm.
      Location:  Psychology Building (Building 34 on this map), McMaster campus, room 155.

      How to prepare

      High school students in the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to compete at the local brain bee.  Students demonstrate their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience, including fascinating topics involving intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, and more. Participating is a valuable experience that you can add to your resume — not to mention the possibility of winning prizes and fame!
      All the questions will come from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.
      There are other resources that you might find useful and inspiring!
      For example: Brain Facts and the Brain Facts Book